To Build an Eco-friendly City Where
People and Nature Co-exist!
Under the current circumstances of rapid development in science and technology, along with the expansion of industries, we can no longer ignore the importance of ‘eco-friendliness.’ Now that the statelevel approach to establishing an eco-friendly ecosystem has been launched in earnest, it seems like the perfect time to take a look at the strategies set by the IFEZ.
● Korea Declares Its Commitment to Realizing a Carbon-neutral Society
On July 14, the government announced ‘the Korean New Deal Initiative,’ designed to secure the nation’s growth engine, which is currently being dealt a heavy blow by COVID-19. This large-scale financial policy commits 160 trillion KRW to be input by 2025. Sectional investment and job creation will be realized on three axes on a macro level, with the Green New Deal taking one axis, while the others pertain to the Digital New Deal and enhancement of the social safety net.
The reason for pursuing the Green New Deal seems quite clear: amid the economic crisis that emerged from COVID-19, the importance of a national development strategy based on sustainability has been highlighted. The backbone of the Green New Deal is to “accelerate the transition to becoming an eco-friendly and low-carbon economy,” and based on this, three directions for realization were set. First, the green transition of cities, space, and living infrastructure needs to be realized. To this end, the realization of zero-energy consumption in public facilities, restoration of a green ecosystem, and establishment of a clean water management system will be implemented.
Second, the expansion of low-carbon decentralized energy use needs to be carried out. In order to do this, the intelligent smart grid for boosting the efficiency of energy management and the infrastructure for spreading new and renewable energy will be built, while the distribution of green mobility will be expanded. Lastly, the ecosystem for green industry innovation will be established. To this end, the fostering of promising and leading green companies, establishment of low-carbon and green industrial complexes, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions are all planned.
● Representative Tasks for the Government’s Green New Deal
*What is a digital twin?
This refers to implementing a virtual twin for a real space and/or object. By simulating this digital twin, real-life situations can be analyzed and predicted.
● Incheon Has Become the Optimal Stage for the Green New Deal
On July 9, the meeting session for the experts behind the Green New Deal was held at Incheon City Hall. During the meeting, the argument was made for why Incheon represents the optimal place for the government’s Green New Deal. The favorable conditions for establishing an offshore windpower system on an island, removing offshore trash, restoring eco-streams, implementing a smart industrial complex, and inducing the Green Climate Fund (GCF) were listed as reasons in support of this argument.
Incheon has announced a plan to establish a 600MW-level large-scale offshore wind-power complex in the waters off Chojido Island and Deokjeokdo Island, led by investments of 3 trillion KRW by 2025 with Korea South-East Power Co. At the same time, at a meeting session for Incheon’s mayor and citizens, held on July 1, the policies designated as appropriate for the government-led Green New Deal were announced. As a representative project under this plan, from the second half of this year, the green remodeling project for public architecture will be implemented in full swing.
Energy efficiency for 297 nurseries, 66 healthcare centers, and seven medical institutions will be raised to the level of zero-energy buildings so that carbon emissions can be lowered. Other than this, through establishing a bio-convergence cluster in Seogu, along with a hydrogen industry cluster, and by expanding the supply of electric and hydrogen vehicles, Incheon’s unique version of the Green New Deal will be actively conducted.
● IFEZ, Dreaming of an Eco-friendly City
The IFEZ, under the goal of making Incheon an exemplary case of low-carbon green growth and eco-friendly urban development, has set up three implementation strategies for continuous execution. The first strategy is to ‘install a lowcarbon-based facility.’ For this, the city is trying to accelerate the realization of eco-friendly infrastructure. The second strategy is to ‘absorb emitted carbon.’ By securing sufficient greenspace and establishing an eco-park, the city is making efforts to establish an eco-friendly urban environment.
The last strategy is to ‘reduce carbon emissions.’ Through distributing photovoltaic clean energy and establishing a thermal-powered heating/cooling system, Incheon is making strides toward becoming an energy-saving city. The will of the IFEZ to establish an eco-friendly city was demonstrated to citizens at the reporting session on the future direction for development, held on July 15.
On this occasion, the IFEZ revealed its detailed plans for establishing alternative wetlands in Songdo Zone 11 by 2030 — a measure that will allow migratory birds to settle in safely — and leading the transition to low-carbon energy cities by expanding the LEED system, which entails certifying lowenergy green buildings, in order to take the initiative increating eco-friendly parks and green belts. The efforts of the IFEZ to create an eco-friendly city are continuously progressing. Of course, at the base of these efforts lies an enduring spirit that prioritizes the comfortable and convenient lives of residents.